Bromley’s early intervention help and support service has been described as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the borough’s children’s services. Ofsted’s report following their latest monitoring visit.
The letter from the inspectors described the early intervention service as an area of strength with a well-established range of quality family support with good senior management oversight of the quality of practice in the service.
It goes on to say that the services available provide effective support to whole families and help parents to understand the needs of their children. Parents who spoke to the inspectors unanimously praised the help they receive and the positive difference that these services make to them and their children.
Under the banner of the Bromley Children Project, the service links to the borough’s six Children and Family Centres to work with private, voluntary and independent early years providers to offer both universal and targeted support from skilled practitioners. This ensures that families get the help and advice they need from a range of partner agencies working together to form a ‘team around the child.’ Bespoke programmes focus on teaching skills and techniques to help parents better understand and manage their children’s needs and behaviours. This in turn improves parental confidence to look after their children well and in safety.
Ade Adetosoye, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Education, Care and Health Services at Bromley Council said: “We are delighted with these findings which further underline the remarkable turnaround that the Council has made in delivering services to children and families in the borough. So much so, that we are now being held up as an exemplar for the quality and delivery of our improvement plan and are being asked to advise other councils finding themselves judged harshly under Ofsted’s extremely stringent inspection regime.
“This latest monitoring visit is the sixth by Ofsted since Bromley embarked on its ‘journey to excellence’ and it is only right that I pay tribute to our staff who have worked extremely hard with partners such as the CCG along with support and resources from senior councillors and management to improve services for our most vulnerable citizens.
“Now we look forward to a final Ofsted visit in the summer, followed by a full inspection. We remain optimistic that our hard work will be fully recognised as the children of Bromley continue to receive quality services to help them achieve their full potential into the future.”
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